React on ES6+

class Photo extends React.Component {
  render() {
    return <img alt={this.props.caption} src={this.props.src} />;
// The ES5 way
var Photo = React.createClass({
  handleDoubleTap: function(e) {  },
  render: function() {  },

// ES6 way
class Photo extends React.Component {
  handleDoubleTap(e) {  }
  render() {  }

Lifecycle Methods

Various methods are executed at specific points in a component’s lifecycle:

  1. componentWillMount (in ES6+, this is now replaced by constructor method)

  2. componentDidMount
    • Invoked once, only on the client (not on the server), immediately after the initial rendering occurs.
    • At this point in the lifecycle, you can access any refs to your children (e.g., to access the underlying DOM representation).
    • The componentDidMount() method of child components is invoked before that of parent components.
    • f you want to integrate with other JavaScript frameworks, set timers using setTimeout or setInterval, or send AJAX requests, perform those operations in this method
  3. componentWillReceiveProps
    • Invoked when a component is receiving new props. This method is not called for the initial render.
    • Use this as an opportunity to react to a prop transition before render() is called by updating the state using this.setState().
    • The old props can be accessed via this.props. Calling this.setState()within this function will not trigger an additional render.
  4. shouldComponentUpdate
    • Invoked before rendering when new props or state are being received
    • This method is not called for the initial render or when forceUpdate is used.
    • Use this as an opportunity to return false when you’re certain that the transition to the new props and state will not require a component update.
    • By default, shouldComponentUpdate always returns true to prevent subtle bugs when state is mutated in place, but if you are careful to always treat state as immutable and to read only from props and state in render() then you can override shouldComponentUpdate with an implementation that compares the old props and state to their replacements.
    • If performance is a bottleneck, especially with dozens or hundreds of components, use shouldComponentUpdate to speed up your app.
  5. componentWillUpdate
    • Invoked immediately before rendering when new props or state are being received. This method is not called for the initial render.
    • Use this as an opportunity to perform preparation before an update occurs.
  6. componentDidUpdate
    • Invoked immediately after the component’s updates are flushed to the DOM. This method is not called for the initial render.
    • Use this as an opportunity to operate on the DOM when the component has been updated.
  7. componentWillUnmount
    • Invoked immediately before a component is unmounted from the DOM.
    • Perform any necessary cleanup in this method, such as invalidating timers or cleaning up any DOM elements that were created in componentDidMount.

Basic Class

var Hello = React.createClass({
  render: function() {
    return (
      <div className="class">Hello World</div>

React.render(<Hello />, document.getElementById('app'));

Initial States

var GreetUser = React.createClass({

  getInitialState: function(){
    return {
      username: '@karloespiritu'

  render: function() {
    return (
        Hello {this.state.username}

Component Lifecycle

Use this built-in functions inside a component class

//triggered once before first render
componentWillMount: function(){
    // Calling setState here does not cause a re-render
    console.log('This will mount in this component');

// Triggered once after the first render
componentDidMount: function(){
    // You have now access to this.getDOMNode()
    alert('In Component Did Mount');

// Invoked whenever there is a prop change
// Called before render
componentWillReceiveProps: function(nextProps){
    // Not called for the initial render
    // Previous props can be accessed by this.props
    // Calling setState here does not trigger an additional re-render
    alert('In Component Will Receive Props');

// Called IMMEDIATELY before a component is unmounted
componentWillUnmount: function(){

render: function(){
  return (
      Hello, {}


var MyList = React.createClass({
  render: function() {
    var item = function(listItem) {
      return <li>{listItem}</li>;
    return <ul>{}</ul>;